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Chemical Reduction and Quantum Interpretation: A Case for Thomistic Emergence

Miller, Ryan (2023) Chemical Reduction and Quantum Interpretation: A Case for Thomistic Emergence. Foundations of Chemistry. ISSN 1386-4238

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The debate between ontological reductionists and emergentists in chemistry has revolved around quantum mechanics. What Franklin and Seifert (BJPS 2020) add to the long-running dispute is an attention to the measurement problem. They contend that all three realist interpretations of the quantum formalism capable of resolving the measurement problem also obviate any need for chemical emergence. I push their argument further, arguing that the realist interpretations of quantum mechanics actually subvert the basis for reduction as well, by undercutting the idea that fundamental physical particles are actual parts of molecules. With both reduction and traditional synchronic emergence pictures ruled out, the only option for realists about quantum chemistry is strong Thomistic emergence.


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Miller, Ryanryan.miller@unige.ch0000-0003-0268-2570
Keywords: reduction, emergence, interpretation of quantum mechanics, actually present elements, many worlds, pilot waves, objective collapse, Everett, Bohm, GRW
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Chemistry
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Depositing User: Ryan Miller
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2023 15:56
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 15:56
Item ID: 22473
Journal or Publication Title: Foundations of Chemistry
Publisher: Springer
Official URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10698-0...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10698-023-09479-6
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Chemistry
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Date: 2023
ISSN: 1386-4238
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22473

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